Loren Daniels - pianist, vocalist, composer and lyricist
Loren studied music at Hofstra University and Berklee College of Music before graduating from SUNY at Old Westbury with a B.S. in music and elementary education. He received an M.A. in music education from New York University. Loren currently teaches choral music and music technology in the Teaneck, NJ public schools. He has been a member of the faculty there since 1979. He is also music coordinator for Jazz Vespers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Teaneck.
As a composer/lyricist, Loren has written music for a variety of settings. Many of his original pieces are performed by the Loren Daniels Trio. He has composed several highly successful musicals for elementary school students. Loren collaborated with choreographers Joanne Koob and Susan Cherniak and composed new music for a series of modern dance performances that were reviewed in the New York Times. Loren composed and arranged music for two original theatrical productions, “The Man Was King” by Lottie Porch and “A Watch on King” by Veona Thomas. A suite of his choral pieces based on phrases from the Declaration of Independence recently had its premiere performance and the Teaneck Community Chorus has commissioned and performed several of his choral pieces including, “A Place At The Table” and “I Like Jazz”. Loren has also composed, performed and recorded original soundtrack music which has been used on the Today Show and other NBC programs.
Loren’s professional experience as a jazz pianist/vocalist spans over 25 years. He has performed with such notable musicians as Calvin Hill, Craig Harris, Milt Jackson, Rufus Reid, Makonda (Ken) McIntyre, Dan Willis, Warren Smith, Richard Harper, Fred Hendrix, Jim DeAngelis, David Demsey, Jimmy Owens, Andrei Strobert, Billy White, Jeff Sheloff, Alonzo Gardner, Reggie Pittman, Tim Horner, Eliot Zigmund, Lauren Hooker, Bradford Hayes, Mark Ivan Gross, David Robinson, Greg Searvance, Bruce Jackson, Bill Moring, Mike Richmond, Takashi Otsuka, Jackie Jones, Warren Batiste, Martin Wind, Joris Teepe, Joe Sharone, Dave Hessel, Dave Brown and Johnny Maestro.